Metal Backsplash Guide
A metal backsplash blends with most color schemes and design themes from cool and modern stainless steel to the rustic and nostalgic charm of a copper or tin backsplash, but let's find out if it's the right material for your kitchen backsplash.
Metal backsplashes have a definite functional appeal
being easy to clean up the grease and grime, spills and splashes of
everyday cooking, but they also offer some interesting and appealing
can be used much the same as marble or ceramic. Patterns and
configurations are only limited by your imagination. You could tile the
entire backsplash in one style of metal tile, mix in other metals or
stone and glass as well. Maybe you want a metal backsplash only over the cook top and sink with a mosaic or mural or full granite backsplash everywhere else.
Metal Sheets are commonly used in restaurants
to create a sleek stainless steel backsplash (countertops and sinks
too) that will take tons of abuse and is easy to clean. This
ultra-modern look goes well with the stainless steel appliances that
continue to be popular with homeowners.
Any competent metal fabricator can provide a range of surface textures
such as hammered, quilted or ribbed for your stainless steel, brass or
copper backsplash. (However, it'll likely be more difficult to find a
fabricator specializing in metal backslpashes and countertops than
granite so be persistent in your search.)
An easier way
is to order panels and/or sheets with pre-made designs and textures
from several suppliers on the internet. You'll find numerous choices for
... less so for stainless steel. However, these panels are relatively
easy to install and far cheaper than a custom metal or stainless steel
Considering all the different colors
of metal and design options available, you'll soon realize that a metal
can complement any style from modern to Mediterranean, old-world,
country and traditional.
Pros & Cons
Easy To Clean. A metal backsplash is possibly the simplest kitchen backsplash
surface to clean. Hot water, soap and a sponge will most often do the
trick. If needed use a softer scouring pad (not steel wool) for a tough
You don't need to seal it, wax it or oil it, but
wipe it dry to avoid water spots and don't let acidic foods (tomato,
citrus, coffee) sit too long (hours/days not minutes) on the surface or
it could stain some metals.
Heat and hot pans are not a problem for metal countertops and backsplashes.
Dents and Scratches unfortunately are easily created so don't expect your backsplash to remain pristine.
A stainless steel backsplash will not require polishing, but a copper
backsplash, zinc or brass backsplash will need to be polished to
maintain the original shine.
These latter metals are prone to "oxidation"
which produces a patina of uneven color, which is characteristically
beautiful or ugly depending on your tastes.
A metal backsplash can be one of the most expensive backsplash materials on the market. Metal is very unforgiving and precise placement of outlet, switch and window cutouts is required.
to pay between $20 per square foot just for the metal up to $160
including all cutouts, mounting on a substrate backing and installation.
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